Is there a fully made North Korean car?
One of the questions of the DPRK traveller is quite common: is there a North Korean car industry?
And a real North Korean car?
Let’s take a look!
To answer it simply; yes, there is a North Korean car industry. And besides all the locally assembled and imported cars you will see during your travel, there has been a fully North Korean car.
A lot about this North Korean car remains a bit of a mystery; when the car was made, how many there was made, the technical descriptions, etc…
This North Korean car made its appearance in two movies which were recently noticed by people who contribute to the website www.imcdb.org.
You can meet a lot of historical North Korean movies on this site in which North Korean cars make an appearance.
The two North Korean movies are Yeolnebeonjjae Gyeoul (열네번째 겨울) released in 1980 (on youtube, car in part 2) and Uliga Saneun Geoli (우리가 사는 거리) from 1982 (on youtube).
They show a dark blue, square vehicle.
In the second film, the name on the front of the car is readable: Paektusan or Mount Paektu.
The car is unique of design, has the registration 2-2-3706.
From here on, I can only speculate.
The Paektusan was a Volga based sedan with a 2.5-litre petrol engine, made by the Pyongsang Auto Works.
The prototype is made around ca. 1965-1975.
I have no indication of serial production.